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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Friday, December 13, 2019

CD Review: Robin Phillips - RE-VERSƎD

Robin Phillips (vocal/piano); Jihad Darwish (bass); Seb De Krom (drums); Sammy Mayne (alto sax); Brandon Allen (tenor sax).
(Review by Lance)

Having recently heard Michael Bublé and Jason Isaacs live and listened to Harry Connick Jr.'s latest album, Robin Phillips had it all to do - this was put up or shut up time. He didn't shut up - he put up!

As soon as I heard a sample I knew this was worth checking out. Not least because of Phillips' conception of including some lesser known verses of better known GASbook songs and working them back into the song rather than leaving them adrift after the initial 16/32 bars. It worked!

Imagine the aforementioned Connick Jr., the late Peter Skellern and, most significantly, Harry Nillson. All have left an influence but only a slight one. Phillips is his own man and, with a piano style that makes him a rated one, plus a voice that is more than just that of a contemporary crooner, it isn't surprising that he is in demand across the clubs and bars of our capital city.

Not many crooners - even the great and the good - had guys like Mayne and Allen, De Krom and Darwish goosing them along and the horn solos are the perfect icing to enhance the cake.

The ultimate beauty, however, is the discovery of how much more these, oft dismissed, verses added to the meaning of the song - in a sense it's like finding an extra movement to a symphony or an additional verse to a classic poem.

How's about playing the verse at your Xmas party and asking your guests to guess the tune? As a bonus you could then ask them to guess the singer. They won't but, you can bet your life they will next Xmas! - the world will (fingers crossed!)

The CD player is now in repeat mode...
Lance.
Time After Time; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most; It Had to be You; As Time Goes By; These Foolish Things; On Green Dolphin Street; They Can't Take That Away From Me; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Don't Blame Me.

1 comment :

Liz said...

Many years ago I was on live Radio with Pete Murray, it was a lunch time show, they played the verse, and the listener had to carry on singing the chorus. I was unfortunate to get "One Alone" I knew it, and won a Beatles LP, but my big prob was singing this chorus in a key to suit my voice ( I think it was John Hanson) what a laugh, anyway I enjoyed it, and had a lovely chat with Pete. Yes, agree the verse is everything!

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